U.S. Microcap Stock Restrictions

Introduction
To comply with regulations regarding the sale of unregistered securities and to minimize the manual processing associated with trading shares that are not publicly quoted, IBKR imposes certain restrictions on U.S. Microcap Stocks. A list of those restrictions, along with other FAQs relating to this topic are provided below. 

Microcap Restrictions

  • IBKR will only accept transfers of U.S. Microcap stocks from Eligible Clients. Eligible Clients include accounts that: (1) maintain equity (pre or post-transfer) of at least $5 million or, clients of financial advisors with aggregate assets under management of at least $20 million; and (2) have less than half of their equity in U.S. Microcap stocks.
  • IBKR will only accept transfers1 of blocks of U.S. Microcap stocks where the Eligible Client can confirm the shares were purchased on the open market or registered with the SEC;
  • IBKR will not accept transfers1 of or opening orders for U.S. Microcap Stocks designated by OTC as Caveat Emptor or Grey Market from any client. Clients with existing positions in these stocks may close the positions;
  • Execution-only clients (i.e., execute trades through IBKR, but clear those trades elsewhere) may not trade U.S. Microcap Stocks within their IBKR account. (IBKR may make exceptions for U.S.-registered brokers);


Microcap FAQs

What is a U.S. Microcap Stock?
The term “Microcap Stock” refers to shares (1) traded over the counter or (2) that are listed on Nasdaq and NYSE American that have a market capitalization of between $50 million to $300 million and are trading at or below $5. For purposes of this policy, the term Microcap Stock will include the shares of U.S. public companies which have a market capitalization at or below $50 million, which are sometimes referred to as nanocap stocks or trade on a market generally associated with Microcap Stocks.

As Microcap Stocks are often low-priced, they are commonly referred to as penny stocks. IBKR may make exceptions, including for stocks traded at low prices that recently had a greater market cap. In addition, IBKR will not consider ADRs on non-US companies to be Micro-Cap stocks.


Where do Microcap Stocks trade?
Microcap Stocks typically trade in the OTC market, rather than on a national securities exchange. They are often electronically quoted by market makers on OTC systems such as the OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB) and the markets administered by the OTC Markets Group (e.g., OTCQX, OTCQB & Pink). Also included in this category are stocks which may not be publicly quoted and which are designated as Caveat Emptor, Other OTC or Grey Market.
In addition, U.S. regulators also consider stocks listed on Nasdaq or NYSE American trading at or below $5 with a market capitalization at or less than $300 million to be Microcap Stocks.

What happens if IBKR receives a transfer from an Eligible Client where one or more of the positions transferred is a Microcap Stock?
If IBKR receives a transfer containing a block of a Microcap stock, IBKR reserves the right to restrict the sale of any Microcap position(s) included in the transfer unless the Eligible Client provides appropriate documentation establishing that the shares were either purchased on the open market (i.e., on a public exchange through another broker) or were registered with the SEC pursuant to an S-1 or similar registration statement.

Eligible Clients can prove that shares were purchased on the open market by providing a brokerage statement or trade confirm from a reputable broker reflecting the purchase of the shares on a public exchange. Eligible Clients can establish that the shares are registered by providing the SEC (Edgar system) File number under which their shares were registered by the company (and any documents necessary to confirm the shares are the ones listed in the registration statement).

NOTE: All customers are free to transfer out any shares we have restricted at any time.
 

What restrictions will IBKR apply to Prime accounts?
Clients whose activities include Prime services are considered Eligible Clients solely for the purposes of those trades which IBKR has agreed to accept from its executing brokers. However, while Prime accounts may clear U.S. Microcap Stocks at IBKR, those shares will be restricted until such time IBKR confirms that the shares are eligible for re-sale under the procedures discussed above.  To remove the restriction for shares purchased on the open market, please provide an official Account Statement or Trade Confirmation from the executing broker or have the executing broker provide a signed letter, on company letterhead, showing the IBKR account name and number, stating that the shares were purchased in the open market, along with the details of the executions (date, time, quantity, symbol, price, and exchange).  Or if the shares were acquired through an offering the letter must provide documents or links to the relevant registration statement and state that the shares were part of it.

To summarize: Sell Long trades will be accepted if the long position is no longer restricted.  Sell Short trades will be accepted.  Buy Long trades will be accepted and the position will be restricted until Compliance is provided with sufficient information to remove the restriction.  Buy Cover trades and intraday round trip trades will not be accepted.

 

What happens if a stock you purchase gets reclassified as Grey Market or Caveat Emptor?
If you purchase a stock in your IBKR account that at a later date becomes classified as a Caveat Emptor or Grey Market stock, you will be allowed to maintain, close or transfer the position but will not be able to increase your position.

 

Where can I find a list of stocks that IBKR has designated as U.S. Microcaps?

A list of stocks designated as U.S. Microcaps by IBKR is available via the following link: www.ibkr.com/download/us_microcaps.csv

Note that this list is updated daily.

Where can I find additional information on Microcap Stocks?
Additional information on Microcap Stocks, including risks associated with such stocks may be found on the SEC website: https://www.sec.gov/reportspubs/investor-publications/investorpubsmicrocapstockhtm.html

For information regarding Canadian stock transfer restrictions, see KB3118
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1This includes transfers by any method (e.g., ACATS, DWAC, FOP), conversion of Canadian listings to their U.S. equivalent via “Southbound” transfer, transfers to cover existing short positions, IB Prime customers executing with other brokers and clearing to IBKR, etc.

 

South African Rand (ZAR) - Onshore/Offshore

Overview: 

Explanation of Onshore/Offshore South African Rand (ZAR)

Background

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has currency exchange control rules in place for South African residents. A South African resident is a person (i.e. a natural person, body corporate, foundation, trust or partnership) whether of South African or any other nationality who has taken up residence, is domiciled or registered in the Republic of South Africa (RSA). A resident account is also the account of persons resident, domiciled or registered in the Common Monetary Area (CMA). The CMA comprises of the Republic of South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland. There are no exchange control restrictions between the members of the CMA and they form a single exchange control territory.

The rules stipulate that there is a yearly limit placed on the amount of ZAR that can be taken out of the country by South African residents – i.e. taken "Offshore". ZAR that remain in South Africa are deemed “Onshore”.

Each resident can take the following amounts offshore per calendar year:

  • ZAR 1 million can be taken offshore as a “Single Discretionary Allowance”
  • ZAR 10 million can be taken offshore as an “Foreign Capital Allowance”

Only institutions licensed as “Authorised Dealers” (AD) are able to send ZAR outside of South Africa and so offshore. An AD is responsible for reporting the offshoring of any ZAR to the SARB. As a result, residents sending ZAR offshore must accurately state the purpose for which the ZAR is being sent. Residents must receive approval from an AD before they are able to send any ZAR offshore. Prior to taking ZAR offshore as part of the Foreign Capital Allowance, residents must also have additional clearance from the SA tax authorities.

The full exchange control rulebook from the SARB can be found here: https://www.resbank.co.za/RegulationAndSupervision/FinancialSurveillanceAndExchangeControl/EXCMan/Pages/default.aspx

Current Situation

Our cashiering account is a non-resident account. Therefore, we are permitted to:

  • Receive deposits in ZAR from other non-resident accounts.
  • Disburse ZAR from our cashiering account to non-resident accounts.
  • Receive deposits from accounts of South African residents.
  • Disburse ZAR to accounts of South African residents.
     

Le diamo il benvenuto in Interactive Brokers

Overview: 

Una volta finanziato e approvato il proprio conto è possibile iniziare la propria attività di trading. Le informazioni di seguito indicate permettono di muovere i primi passi in qualità di nuovo cliente Interactive Brokers.

  1. Il proprio denaro
  2. Configurare il proprio conto per l'attività di trading
  3. Come effettuare trading
  4. Negoziare in tutto il mondo
  5. Cinque punti per ampliare la propria esperienza IB

 

 

1. Il proprio denaro
Versamenti e prelievi Informazioni generali. Tutte le transazioni sono amministrate tramite il sistema sicuro di Gestione conto
Versamenti
Innanzitutto, è necessario creare una notifica di versamento tramite Gestione conto > Finanziamento > Trasferimento fondi > Tipo di transazione: “Versamento” Come creare una notifica di versamento. Il secondo passaggio consiste nell'istruire la propria banca in merito al bonifico da emettere utilizzando i dettagli bancari forniti nella propria notifica di versamento.
Prelievi
È necessario creare le istruzioni di prelievo tramite il sitema sicuro di Gestione conto > Finanziamento > Trasferimento fondi > Tipo di transazione: "Prelievo" Come creare istruzioni di prelievo
Qualora si inoltrino istruzioni per un prelievo superiore ai limiti di prelievo previsti, questo verrà considerato un prelievo eccezionale e, di conseguenza, sarà necessario collegare il titolare del conto bancario al conto IB. Se il conto bancario ricevente è stato utilizzato per un versamento, il prelievo verrà processato; altrimenti, sarà necessario rivolgersi all'assistenza clienti e fornire la documentazione necessaria.
Risoluzione delle problematiche
Versamenti: se la propria banca ha inviato il denaro ma l'accredito dello stesso non è visualizzabile sul proprio conto IB. Possibili motivazioni:
a) Il trasferimento di fondi richiede circa 1-4 giorni lavorativi
b) Notifica di versamento mancante. È necessario crearla tramite il proprio sistema Gestione conto e inviare un ticket all'Assistenza clienti
c) Dettagli di modifica mancanti. Il proprio nome o il numero del conto IB non figura nei dettagli del trasferimento. È necessario contattare la propria banca per richiedere tutti i dettagli della modifica.
d) Gli ACH avviati presso IB prevedono un limite di 100K USD in un periodo di 7 giorni lavorativi. Qualora si apra un conto a margine di portafoglio con requisito iniziale di 110K, il bonifico bancario potrebbe rappresentare la soluzione di versamento migliore per ridurre i tempi di attesa relativi alla prima delle proprie transazioni. Qualora si selezioni l'opzione ACH, sarà necessario un tempo di attesa di circa due settimane oppure un declassamento temporaneo del conto a RegT.
Prelievi: se è stato richiesto un prelievo ma l'accredito del denaro non è visualizzabile sul proprio conto bancario. Possibili motivazioni:
a) Il trasferimento di fondi richiede circa 1-4 giorni lavorativi
b) Rifiutato. Oltre la soglia massima consentita per il prelievo. Si prega di controllare il saldo del proprio conto. Si prega di notare che, in base ai requisiti regolamentari, una volta versati i fondi, è previsto un periodo di attesa di tre giorni prima di poter procedere con il prelievo degli stessi.
c) La propria banca ha respinto i fondi. Probabilmente a causa della mancata corrispondenza tra il conto bancario ricevente e quello emittente.

 

2. Configurare il proprio conto per l'attività di trading
Differenza tra Conti cash e Conti a margine: se si sceglie l'applicazione FastTrack, il proprio conto diverrà automaticamente un conto cash con i permessi per le azioni statunitensi. Se si desidera beneficiare dell'effetto leva e negoziare a margine, si prega di consultare le presenti informazioni relative alla promozione del conto a conto a margine RegT
Permessi di trading
Per poter negoziare una particolare categoria di prodotti in un determinato Paese, è necessario ottenere i necessari permessi di trading tramite Gestione conto. Si prega di notare che i permessi di trading sono gratuiti. Tuttavia, potrebbe essere necessario dover firmare le informative sui rischi richieste dalle autorità di regolamentazione locali. Come richiedere i permessi di trading
Dati di mercato
Se si desidera disporre di dati di mercato in tempo reale per un particolare prodotto/mercato, è necessaria la sottoscrizione a un pacchetto dati di mercato addebitato dalla Borsa valori. Come effettuare la sottoscrizione ai dati di mercato
L'assistente dati di mercato fornisce assistenza nella scelta del pacchetto più adatto. Si prega di guardare questo Video che ne spiega il funzionamento.
I clienti hanno la possibilità di ricevere gratuitamente un pacchetto con dati di mercato differiti cliccando sul pulsante Dati di mercato differiti dalla riga di un ticker privo di sottoscrizione.
Conti per consulenti
Si consiglia di consultare rapidamente la guida utente primi passi per i consulenti per comprendere come aggiungere altri utenti al proprio conto consulente e assegnare loro l'accesso e molto altro ancora.

 

3. Come effettuare trading
Trader's University è lo spazio che permette di apprendere come utilizzare le nostre piattaforme. Qui è possibile trovare i nostri webinar dal vivo e registrati in 10 lingue diverse, oltre a tour e documentazione relativa alle nostre varie piattaforme di trading.
Trader Workstation (TWS)
I trader che necessitano di strumenti di investimento più sofisticati possono usufruire della nostra interfaccia progettata dai market maker, Trader Workstation (TWS), che permette di ottimizzare la velocità e l'efficienza di trading grazie a un'interfaccia di lavoro intuitiva, supporto su oltre 60 tipologie di ordine, strumenti di investimento specifici per tutte le strategie di trading, saldi contabili e monitoraggio della propria attività. L'offerta comprende due modelli:
TWS Mosaic: utilizzo intuitivo, facile accesso al trading, gestione degli ordini, liste prezzi e grafici, il tutto in un'unica finestra, oppure
TWS classica: gestione degli ordini avanzata per quei trader che necessitano di strumenti e algoritmi più avanzati.
Descrizione e informazioni generali / Guida rapida / Guida utente
Tour interattivi: Concetti base di TWS / Configurazione di TWS / TWS Mosaic
Come effettuare una transazione:  Video su TWS classica / Video su Mosaic
Strumenti di trading: Descrizione e informazioni generaliGuida utente
Requisiti: Installazione di Java per Windows / Installazione di Java per MAC / Necessaria l'apertura delle porte 4000 e 4001
Login a TWSDownload di TWS
WebTrader
Quei trader che preferiscono un'interfaccia semplice e lineare possono utilizzare il nostro WebTrader su base HTML, che semplifica la visualizzazione dei dati di mercato, l'invio degli ordini e il monitoraggio del proprio conto e delle proprie operazioni. L'ultima versione di WebTrader è adatta a tutti i browser
Guida rapida / Guida utente di WebTrader
Introduzione: Video su WebTrader
Come effettuare una transazione: Video su WebTrader
Login a WebTrader
MobileTrader
Le nostre soluzioni mobili permettono di negoziare in mobilità con il proprio conto IB. Le applicazioni mobileTWS per iOS e mobileTWS per BlackBerry sono personalizzate per questi modelli più famosi, mentre la versione generica MobileTrader supporta la maggior parte degli altri dispositivi smartphone.
Descrizione e informazioni generali
Tipologie di ordini Tipologie di ordini disponibili e descrizione / Video / Tour / Guida utente
Paper Trading Descrizione e informazioni generali / Come ottenere un conto di Paper Trading
Una volta creato il proprio conto di paper trading, è possibile condividere i dati di mercato del proprio conto reale con il proprio conto di paper trading: Gestione conto > Gestione conto > Impostazioni > Paper trading

 
4. Negoziare in tutto il mondo
I conti IB sono in molteplici valute. Il proprio conto può detenere differenti valute allo stesso momento, al fine di poter negoziare molteplici prodotti in tutto il mondo da un unico conto.
Valuta di base
La propria valuta di base determina la conversione della valuta per i propri rendiconti e la valuta utilizzata per determinare i requisiti di margine. La valuta di base è determinata al momento dell'apertura del proprio conto. I clienti possono cambiare la propria valuta di base in ogni monento da Gestione conto.
Le valute non vengono automaticamente convertite nella valuta di base del cliente
La conversione valutaria deve essere effettuata manualmente dal cliente. In questo video è possibile apprendere come effettuare una conversione della valuta.
Per poter aprire una posizione denominata in una valuta non presente nel proprio conto, si hanno a disposizione due possibilità:
A) Conversione della valuta.
B) Prestito a margine IB. (Non disponibile per i conti cash)
Si prega di accedere a questo corso che illustra i meccanismi delle transazioni in valuta estera.

 

5. Cinque punti per ampliare la propria conoscenza IB
1. Ricerca dei contratti
Qui è possibile trovare tutti i nostri prodotti, simboli e specifiche.
2. Knowledge Base IB
Il Knowledge Base è un archivio contenente termini del glossario, articoli esplicativi, suggerimenti e linee guida circa la risoluzione delle problematiche progettato per offrire supporto ai clienti IB nella gestione dei propri conti. È sufficiente digitare un termine nel pulsante di ricerca per ottenere la risposta desiderata.
3. Gestione conto
Mentre le nostre piettaforme di trading offrono accesso ai mercati, Gestione conto garantisce l'accesso al proprio conto IB. Tramite Gestione conto è possibile gestire le operazioni relative al propprio conto come, per esempio, versamento o prelievo di fondi, visualizzare i propri rendiconti, modificare le sottoscrizioni ai dati di mercato e alle notizie, emendare i propri permessi di trading e verificare o modificare i propri dati personali.
Accedere a Gestione conto / Guida rapida di Gestione conto / Guida utente di Gestione conto
4. Sistema di accesso sicuro
Per fornire ai propri clienti il massimo livello di sicurezza online, Interactive Brokers ha messo a punto un Sistema di accesso sicuro (SLS) che sottopone l'accesso al proprio conto a un particolare tipo di autenticazione a due livelli. Il sistema di autenticazione a due livelli serve a confermare la propria identità al momento del login utilizzando due livelli di sicurezza: 1) Le informazioni in proprio possesso (la combinazione del proprio nome utente e della password); e 2) Il dispositivo in proprio possesso (un dispositivo di sicurezza creato da IB che genera un codice di sicurezza casuale monouso). Dato che la procedura di accesso al proprio conto richiede sia la conoscenza delle proprie credenziali (nome utente e password) sia il possesso fisico del dispositivo, la partecipazione al Sistema di accesso sicuro potenzialmente impedisce a qualunque persona non autorizzata di accedere al proprio conto.
Come attivare il proprio dispositivo di sicurezza / Come ottenere una carta codici di sicurezza / Come restituire il dispositivo di sicurezza
In caso di smarrimento della propria password o della propria carta codici di sicurezza, si prega di contattarci per richiedere assistenza immediata.
5. Relazioni e rendiconti
Di facile visualizzazione e personalizzazione, i nostri rendiconti e relazioni coprono tutti gli aspetti del proprio conto Interactive Brokers. Come visualizzare un Rendiconto attività

 

Come effettuare versamenti tramite bonifici bancari

Per effettuare un bonifico in favore del proprio conto è necessario, innanzitutto, fornire una notifica di versamento tramite Gestione conto. Dopo aver effettuato l'accesso a Gestione conto, è necessario selezionare le opzioni del menu Gestione fondi e Trasferimento fondi per poi selezionare la tipologia di transazione "versamento" e il metodo "bonifico".

Successivamente, le verrà richiesto di indicare i dettagli della propria banca di consegna tra cui l'importo del versamento, la valuta di denominazione e l'istituzione emittente. Dopo aver indicato tali informazioni, le verranno forniti tutti i dettagli (es. numero ABA, codice SWIFT/BIC e numero del conto corrente) in un formato stampabile che potrà fornire alla propria banca per poter effettuare il bonifico. 
 

Si prega di notare che tale notifica di versamento è fondamentale, in quanto i dettagli richiesti dalla banca per il versamento dei fondi variano in funzione della valuta in cui il bonifico è denominato.  Inoltre, tale notifica permette di assicurare che i fondi in entrata vengano immediatamente assegnati al proprio conto in maniera corretta.


Per qualsiasi altra richiesta, si prega di contattare uno dei nostri rappresentanti dell'Assistenza clienti.  I relativi numeri di telefono e orari di esercizio sono disponibili alla pagina: http://individuals.interactivebrokers.com/en/index.php?f=1560

Depositing Shares Held in the Direct Registration System (DRS)

Overview
The Direct Registration System (DRS) allows shareholders to register their U.S. share holdings on the books and records of the issuer in an electronic rather than paper certificate form through the issuer’s designated transfer agent. Once held in a DRS account, the shares may then be transferred electronically via the Depository Trust Company (DTC) to your IB account where transactions may take place or where the shares may be afforded margin loan value.

It should be noted that not all shares are DRS eligible. In general, most U.S. exchange traded securities are, but many OTC shares, as well as shares subject to a restriction and therefore held in certificate form, are not.

Transfer Process
To deposit shares held in your DRS account to your IB account you will need to log into Account Management and create transfer instructions. These instructions require that you provide IB with certain information regarding your DRS account (e.g., account number and taxpayer ID) which you will need to obtain from and/or confirm with your transfer agent. It’s important that you provide IB with information which matches that of your DRS account, otherwise your transfer agent will reject the request and you will be charged a rejection fee. Information regarding fees for rejected as well as settled transactions are posted on the website.

Once the DRS account information has been confirmed, log into Account Management and proceed as follows:

1. Select the Funding and then Position Transfers menu options;

2. From the Position Transfer screen, select a transfer method of DRS-Direct Registration System and transfer type of Deposit via the drop-down menus;

3. You’ll be directed to the DRS Transfer screen where the taxpayer ID you’ve provided to IB is displayed. If this does not match that which you maintain for your DRS account, you will first need to reconcile and correct the information so it matches prior to proceeding with the transfer request. Requests submitted with a mismatched taxpayer ID will result in the transfer being rejected by your transfer agent and your account being subject to a rejection processing fee;

4. Enter your DRS account number and click the Continue button. Note that requests submitted with an account number that doesn't match that of your DRS account will result in the transfer being rejected by your transfer agent and your account being subject to a rejection processing fee;

5. Enter the symbol of the security you intend to transfer as well as the share quantity. Note that requests submitted with a symbol not held within or a share quantity which exceeds that held in your DRS account will result in the transfer being rejected by your transfer agent and your account being subject to a rejection processing fee;

6. Enter your electronic signature and click the “Continue” button to confirm your transfer request.

IB will then notify DTC who will match the security to its associated transfer agent and send them notification of your request. Assuming the DRS account and share information you’ve provided is correct, the transfer agent will post the shares for delivery to IB.  Note that while transfer requests typically settle within 2 -5 business days, the transfer agent may take longer to respond to the notification and, if no response is received within 30 days, the request will be canceled.


IMPORTANT NOTE
If you are transferring shares from a joint account or are a non-US person, special consideration needs to be provided to the taxpayer ID you provide to IB for matching to your DRS account. In the case of a joint account, the ID will generally be one of the SSNs of the joint account holders or a default value of 999999999. In the case of a non-US person, where no US taxpayer ID exists, a default value of 111111111 is often used. In either case, you will need to verify with the transfer agent the identifier they will recognize for matching purposes. If the transfer agent requests an identifier which doesn’t match one of the elections provided within Account Management, please contact Customer Service for transfer assistance.

Welcome to Interactive Brokers

Overview: 

Now that your account is funded and approved you can start trading. The information below will help you getting
started as a new customer of Interactive Brokers.

  1. Your Money
  2. Configure your account to trade
  3. How to trade
  4. Trade all over the World
  5. Five points to enrich your IB experience

 

1. Your Money
Deposits & Withdrawals General Info. All transactions are administered through your secure Account Management
Deposits
First, you create a deposit notification through your Account Management > Funding > Fund Transfers > Transaction Type: “Deposit” How to create a deposit notification. The second step is to instruct your Bank to do the wire transfer with the bank details provided in your Deposit Notification.
Withdrawals
Create a withdrawal instruction via your secure Account Management > Funding > Fund Transfers > Transaction Type: "Withdrawals" How to create a withdrawal instruction
If you instruct a withdrawal over the Withdrawal limits, it will be considered an exceptional withdrawal and we will therefore need to match bank account holder and IB account. If destination bank account has been used for a deposit, withdrawal will be processed; otherwise, you must contact customer service and provide the documents needed.
Troubleshooting
Deposits: My bank sent the money but I do not see it credited into my IB account. Possible reasons:
a) A fund transfer takes 1-4 business days
b) A Deposit Notification is missing. You have to create it via your Account Management and send a ticket to Customer Service
c) Amending details are missing. Your name or IB account number is missing in the transfer details. You have to contact your bank and ask for the full amending details.
d) ACH initiated by IB is limited to 100k USD in a 7 business period. If you opened a Portfolio Margin account where the initial requirement is 110k, a wire deposit might be the better deposit option to reduce wait time for your first trade. If selecting ACH a wait time of almost 2 weeks or a temporary downgrade to RegT can be possible solutions.
Withdrawals: I have requested a withdrawal but I do not see the money credited to my bank account. Possible reasons:
a) A fund transfer takes 1-4 business days
b) Rejected. Over the max it can be withdrawn. Please check your account cash balance. Note that for regulatory requirements, when the funds are deposited, there is a 3 day holding period before they can be withdrawn.
c) Your bank returned the funds. Probably because receiving bank account and remitting bank account names do not match.

 

2. Configure your account to trade
Difference between Cash and Margin accounts: If you have chosen the FastTrack application, by default your account type is a cash account with US stock permission. If you would like to get leverage and trade on margin, here how to upgrade to a RegT Margin account
Trading Permissions
In order to be able to trade a particular asset class in a particular country, you need to get the trading permission for it via your Account Management. Please note that trading permissions are free. You might however be asked to sign risk
disclosures required by local regulatory authorities. How to Request Trading Permissions
Market Data
If you want to have market data in real-time for a particular product/exchange, you need to subscribe to a market data package charged by the exchange. How to subscribe to Market data
The Market data assistant will help you choose the right package. Please watch this Video explaining how it works.
Customers have the option to receive delayed market data for free by clicking the Free Delayed Data button from a non-subscribed ticker row.
Advisor Accounts
Have a look at the user guide getting started as advisors. Here you see how to create additional users to your advisor account and grant them access and much more.

 

3. How to trade
The Trader's University is the place to go when you want to learn how to use our Platforms. Here you will find our webinars, live and recorded in 10 languages and tours and documentation about our various Trading Platforms.
Trader Workstation (TWS)
Traders who require more sophisticated trading tools can use our market maker-designed Trader Workstation (TWS), which optimizes your trading speed and efficiency with an easy-to-use spreadsheet interface, support for more than 60 order types, task-specific trading tools for all trading styles, and real-time account balance and activity monitoring. Try the two models
TWS Mosaic: for intuitive usability, easy trading access, order management, watchlist, charts all in one window or
TWS Classic: the Advanced Order Management for traders who need more advanced tools and algos.
General Description and Information / Quick start guide / Usersguide
Interactive Tours: TWS Basics / TWS configuration / TWS Mosaic
How to place a trade:  Video Classic TWS / Video Mosaic
Trading tools: General Description and InformationUsers guide
Requirements: How to install Java for WindowsHow to install Java for MAC / Port 4000 and 4001 needs to be open
Login TWSDownload TWS
WebTrader
Traders who prefer a clean and simple interface can use our HTML-based WebTrader, which makes it easy to view market data, submit orders, and monitor your account and executions. Use the latest WebTrader from every browser
Quick Start Guide / WebTrader User's Guide
Introduction: Video WebTrader
How to place a Trade: Video WebTrader
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Once your paper account is created, you can share the market data of your real account with your paper trading account: Account Management > Manage Account > Settings > Paper trading

 
4. Trade all over the World
IB accounts are multi-currency accounts. Your account can hold different currencies at the same time, this allows you to trade multiple products around the world from a single account.
Base Currency
Your base currency determines the currency of translation for your statements and the currency used for determining margin requirements. Base currency is determined when you open an account. Customers may change their base currency at any time through Account Management.
We do not automatically convert currencies into your Base currency
Currency conversions must be done manually by the customer. In this video you can learn how to do a currency conversion.
In order to open a position denominated in a currency that you do not have in your account, you have two possibilities:
A) Currency conversion.
B) IB Margin Loan. (Not available for Cash Accounts)
Please see this course explaining the mechanics of a foreign transaction.

 

5. Five points to enrich your IB experience
1. Contract Search
Here you will find all our products, symbols and specifications.
2. IB Knowledge Base
The Knowledge Base is a repository of glossary terms, how-to articles, troubleshooting tips and guidelines designed to assist IB customers with the management of their IB accounts. Just enter in the search button what you are looking for and you will get the answer.
3. Account Management
As our trading platforms give you access to the markets, the Account Management grants you access to your IB account. Use Account Management to manage account-related tasks such as depositing or withdrawing funds, viewing your statements, modifying market data and news subscriptions, changing your trading permissions, and verifying or changing your personal information.
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4. Secure Login System
To provide you with the highest level of online security, Interactive Brokers has implemented a Secure Login System (SLS) through which access to your account is subject to two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication serves to confirm your identity at the point of login using two security factors: 1) Something you know (your username and password combination); and 2) Something you have (an IB issued security device which generates a random, single-use security code). As both knowledge of your username/password and physical possession of the security device are required to login to your account, participation in the Secure Login System virtually eliminates the possibility of anyone other than you accessing your account.
How to Activate your Security Device / How to Obtain a Security Code Card / How to return Security device
In case you forgot your password or lost your security code card, please call us for immediate assistance.
5. Statements and Reports
Easy to view and customize, our statements and reports cover all aspects of your Interactive Brokers account. How to view an Activity Statement 

 

Mailing Address For Check Deposits to Interactive Brokers

Overview: 

For paper and mail based deposit of funds

Before sending your check deposit, you should write your account number on the check. We highly encourage you to create a deposit notification, which allows us to efficiently identify your incoming funds for proper credit to your account. 

The specific mailing instructions, including the printing of the deposit form, and addresses will be displayed during the deposit notification process. The IB address for sending your check will be printed on the deposit form.

Upon receipt of this deposit the notice should update to provide the availability date of the deposit.

 

 

 

Background: 
  • To ensure proper handling and to avoid unnecessary delays, please instruct your financial institution not to mail checks directly to Citibank.
  • Please take note that Interactive Brokers Canada customers cannot fund their accounts with cheques or bank drafts.
  • Deposit notifications do NOT move any funds; you must contact your bank to move the funds into your IB account. 

 

In order to create a Check deposit notification, you will need to visit our secure website: www.interactivebrokers.com.  Be prepared to provide your username, password and any additional secure log-in information when submitting your notice.

1. LOG/INTO Account Management

2. Select Funding

3. Click on Fund Transfers

4. Your Transaction Type: Deposit

5. The Currency: USD

6. Choose the Method: Check

and follow the prompts.

Next, mail your check along with a copy of the confirmation page to the address listed below:

If sending via overnight delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, others)

Interactive Brokers LLC

8 Greenwich Office Park

Greenwich, CT 06831-5149

Attn: IBCD

 

If sending via regular mail or US Postal Service (USPS) EXPRESS MAIL

Interactive Brokers LLC

P.O. Box 5235

Greenwich, CT 06831-0504

Attn: IBCD

IRA: Retirement Account Resource Center

IMPORTANT NOTE: This article has been customized for use by self-directed Individual Retirement Account (IRA) owners for information purposes only.  Persons are encouraged to consult a qualified tax professional with the investments and elections within the IRA.   IB does not provide tax advice.  For detailed information regarding IRAs, you may consult the IRS Publication 590-A about IRA contributions and the IRS Publication 590-B about IRA distributions.

This resource center provides a central reference point for information concerning the various IRA account types offered by IB. 

Important Notice - Select IRA Tax Reporting for key information with transaction and tax reporting in your IRA.

 

Account Management IRA Reference

Account Management IRA Tab

Beneficiary Options

Charitable Distributions

Conversions to a Roth IRA

Direct Rollovers - How & When

Frequently Asked Questions

Recharacterizations from a Roth IRA

Required Minimum Distributions

Rollover Rules & Conditions

Understanding Tax Forms

 

 

 IRS Circular 230 Notice: These statements are provided for information purposes only, are not intended to constitute tax advice which may be relied upon to avoid penalties under any federal, state, local or other tax statutes or regulations, and do not resolve any tax issues in your favor.

IRA: Rollover Rules & Conditions

 

This information is for general educational purposes only.  Individuals should consult with their financial adviser or legal counsel to determine how rollover regulations affect their unique situations.

Generally, an IRA rollover is a tax-free distribution to you of cash or other assets from one retirement plan that you contribute to another retirement plan.  The contribution to the second retirement plan is called a rollover contribution.

This article outlines the types of IRA rollover transactions, rules and conditions, IB's Rollover Certification form, and rollover transaction details.  Select from list below for details:

Rules & Conditions

Rollover Certification

Eligible Rollover Transactions

Ineligible Transactions

  

Rules & Conditions

Prior to completing an IRA Rollover transaction, we recommend that you review the rules and conditions surrounding eligibility.  Interactive Brokers can accept as a tax-free transaction an eligible rollover distribution as defined under the Internal Revenue Code.  Included in this article is information about eligible transactions, as well as the Interactive Brokers  IRA Rollover Certification form.

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IRA Rollover Certification

Before accepting an IRA rollover transaction into an Interactive Brokers LLC IRA, we require that you review your eligibility for the rollover and certify your understanding of the rollover rules and conditions.  The IRA Rollover Form includes the IRA Rollover Certification

The Fund Transfers page within the Account Management lets you notify IB of an IRA Rollover deposit of funds into your account.  Select the Funding tab in the header link and choose Deposit Funds in the Transaction list.   In the Method list, select Direct Rollover.  Complete, sign, and return both forms to the Interactive Brokers address listed on the form.

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Rollover Transactions

Two types of IRA rollover transactions exist with different guidelines and delivery methods:

  1. Direct Rollover - a transfer of assets from an employer-sponsored retirement plan directly to an eligible IRA.  If you choose to receive the distribution first, then you may roll over the funds to the IRA within 60 days.
  2. Indirect Rollover - a distribution from an IRA paid to you, followed by a rollover into another IRA within 60 days.  The IRS allows an indirect rollover of each IRA's funds once during a twelve-month period.

(Note:  A distributions directly from one IRA trustee to another IRA trustee is a Trustee-to-Trustee transfer.  It is not affected by the twelve-month waiting period.)

For additional information about rollovers, visit Understanding Rollovers.  See also IRS Publication 590-A, Contributions to Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) for more specific guidelines on moving retirement plan assets.

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Eligible Rollover Transactions

Almost any distribution from a qualified plan can be rolled over to an IRA.  Your retirement account may be eligible for one of the following eligible rollover transactions.

Traditional IRA or SIMPLE IRA to Traditional IRA Rollover

  • Funds or property deposited less than 60 days of receipt by the IRA owner from the previous IRA
  • During the preceding 12 months, no other distributions from the distributing IRA were rolled over
  • The assets involved in the transaction have not been rolled over in the past 12 months
  • Required Minimum Distribution satisfied (if over 70 1/2)
  • For SIMPLE IRAs, after two years from the first contribution

Roth IRA to Roth IRA Rollover

  • Funds or property deposited less than 60 days of receipt by the IRA owner from the previous IRA
  • During the preceding 12 months, no other distributions from the distributing IRA were rolled over
  • The assets involved in the transaction have not been rolled over in the past 12 months

Rollover or Direct Rollover from Qualified Plan into a Traditional IRA

  • Eligible participant (participant, spouse beneficiary, or former spouse due to divorce)
  • Funds or property deposited less than 60 days of receipt by the participant from the previous plan
  • Funds received from an eligible qualified retirement plan
  • Required Minimum Distribution satisfied (if over 70 1/2)
  • Consists of funds, property, or proceeds from the sale of property distributed from the qualified plan
  • All of the funds are eligible to be rolled over

Roth IRA to Roth IRA Rollover

  • Funds or property deposited less than 60 days of receipt by the IRA owner from the previous IRA
  • Required Minimum Distribution satisfied (if over 70 1/2)

Ineligible Rollover Transactions

Some funds distributed from a retirement plan are not eligible for rollover into an IRA.  The following transactions are not eligible rollover transactions.

  • Any portion of a distribution from a retirement plan not rolled over
  • Required Minimum Distributions
  • Distribution of excess contributions and related earnings
  • Retirement plan loan treated as a distribution
  • Hardship distributions
  • Distributions part of substantially equal payments (72-t)
  • Dividends on employer securities
  • Non-spousal death benefit distributions
  • The cost of life insurance coverage

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Click here to return to the Retirement Account Resource page.

Disclaimer:  IB does not provide tax advice. These statements are provided for information purposes only, are not intended to constitute tax advice which may be relied upon to avoid penalties under any international, federal, state, local or other tax statutes or regulations, and do not resolve any tax issues in your favor. We recommend that you consult a qualified tax adviser or refer to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

How to send documents to IB using your smartphone

Overview: 

Interactive Brokers allows you to send us a copy of a document even if you do not currently have access to a scanner. You can take a picture of the requested document with your smartphone.

Below you will find the instructions on how to take a picture and send it to IB per email with the fllowing smartphone operating systems:

iOS (iPhone)

Android (i.e. Samsung Galaxy, HTC One X, Sony Xperia, Motorola Droid)

Windows Phone (i.e. Nokia Lumia, HTC Titan, Samsung Focus)

 If you already know how to do so, please consult the instructions about the information you will need to send us aside from the document picture. Click HERE - Where to send the email to and what to include in the subject.

iOS
1. Press the power button to turn your iPhone screen on. Tap, hold and slide upwards the
Camera icon on the bottom right of your screen then drag it upwards to access the Camera.

slide up from the lock screen to take a picture

- If you do not have the Camera icon, you may access the Camera app from the home screen
of your iPhone.
2. Place your iPhone above the document and take the desired portion or page of the document
and tap on the Camera button (designated with 1 on the below illustration - Fig. 3) to take a
photo. Then you need to access the picture - tap the image in the lower left-hand corner (number 2 in the
illustration)

Tap here to take a picture

3. Exit to the home screen by pressing the round Home button on the face of the iPhone.
4. Open the Photos app
5. Next, tap the album ‘Camera Roll’. Make sure that the picture is clear and the document
is well legible, if it isn’t, please repeat the previous two steps.
6. Touch once the picture to make the menus appear and tap the share icon
designated with 1 in the illustration below.

Share button iOS

5. Select the first option - Email Photo. Please consult the following instructions for the next step - what address you should send the picture to and what else to include aside from the document, HERE.
Note: to send emails your phone has to be configured for that. Please contact your email
provider if you are not familiar with this procedure.


Android
1. Open your applications list and start the camera app. Depending on your phone model, make or setup it might be called differently.
2. Place your phone over the document and take the desired portion or page of the document and
tap the icon for the camera. (The generic button will look like the one shown below.)

Tap to take a picture
3. Press the Home key to go back to the idle screen. Go back to the apps list and start the Gallery
application. On some phones it may be called Pictures or Photos.
4. Open the album called Camera or All pictures. The last image in either of those should be the
document you just took a picture of. Tap the screen once to bring up the buttons and tap the share
icon, which generically should look as shown below.

Share on Android
5. In the sharing menu that will be displayed now tap on Email. Please consult the following instructions for the next step - what address you should send the picture to and what else to include aside from the document, HERE.
Note: to send emails your phone has to be configured for that. Please contact your email
provider if you are not familiar with this procedure.

Send per email

 

Windows Phone
1. Press the camera button in the Desktop menu of Windows phone. (If you do
not see the camera in the desktop menu, please scroll to the right and choose
camera in the listed applications)
2. Take a picture by pressing the trigger button on the side of the phone.
3. Open the picture by scrolling to the left and press the ‘...’ menu item
at the bottom task bar to see the available options.
4. Please choose send and the configured Email account you would like to use.
5. In the upcoming email, please add the destination email address, the
subject and the text you would like to send and press the ‘Send email’ button in
the bottom menu. Please consult the following instructions for the next step - what address you should send the picture to and what else to include aside from the document, HERE.
Note: to send emails your phone has to be configured for that. Please contact your email
provider if you are not familiar with this procedure.


WHERE TO SEND THE EMAIL AND WHAT TO INCLUDE IN THE SUBJECT
The email has to be created observing the below instructions:
1. In the ‘To:’ field type...
a. newaccounts@interactivebrokers.com if your you are a resident of a non-European country
b. newaccounts.uk@interactivebrokers.co.uk if you are a European resident
2. The subject field must contain all of the below:
a. Your account number (it usually has the format Uxxxxxxx, where x are numbers) or your
username
b. The purpose of sending the document. Please use the below convention:
i. PoRes for a proof of residential address
ii. PID for a proof of identity

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